Frequently Asked Questions

Is your website up to date?

We are often asked if our pet listings or our website are up to date. Yes! We manage the website very frequently. And even better, our pet listings are linked to our internal system: when an animal is adopted/goes up for adoption they are taken off/put on the website automatically!

What is included in each adoption fee?

We're glad you asked! We work hard to make sure that each animal who leaves our care is healthy, and that any medical conditions are disclosed prior to adoption.

Wellness exam
1-year rabies vaccination (6 months & older)
4DX test
Distemper vaccination
Kennel cough vaccination
Topical flea/tick treatment

Wellness exam
1-year rabies vaccination (3 months and older)
Feline Leukemia test
Distemper vaccination
Ultranasal vaccination
Topical flea/tick treatment

Small animals:
Wellness exam
Spay/neuter (only rabbits)

Do you have pets other than cats and dogs available for adoption?

We often have other small companion animals such as rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, ferrets, guinea pigs, parakeets, doves and cockatiels available for adoption. We do not offer exotic animals. To see a complete list of animals that are currently available for adoption, please check here!

Can I take the pet I adopt home before their spay/neuter is completed?

Spaying and neutering is the single most immediate and direct thing we can do to reduce the number of unwanted and homeless pets that we care for, so you'll understand that we make absolutely sure that all our animals are spayed or neutered before leaving for their new homes. Even if the pet you fall in love with isn't fixed when you meet at the shelter, they will need to stay with us until they can have that surgery performed by one of our veterinarians. Wait time is typically no longer than a few days.

If my pet is found and brought to the shelter, how do I reclaim it?

These are our favorite moments: when a lost pet is reunited with their owner!

If we have your lost pet, please stop by during normal business hours with your State ID or Driver's License, and proof of ownership such as vet records, photos, etc.

The Bangor Humane Society charges a fee of $15 per day that your animal spends with us, this is to help cover the cost of food, water, and care provided to your animal while they have been with us. Different cities and towns will also charge a fee that is pre-determined at the beginning of each year. The fee is charged by the contracting cities and towns, and the money is not kept by BHS.

For more information on which shelter or holding facility contracts with which town, check out the government website here: maine.gov.

What if no one reclaims a stray animal?

In accordance to the laws of the State of Maine, we hold stray dogs for 7 business days and stray cats for 2 business days. If an owner does not arrive to reclaim their animal during that time, the next step is to evaluate the animal for temperament and health before being placed for adoption.

How much do you charge to take in an animal?

We don't charge a specific fee when you need to make the difficult decision to surrender your pet. However we do ask that you leave a donation to help go towards their medical care, food, toys, etc. Donations left durring the surrender proccess average at about $25 per animal.

Can I bring my pet to BHS to be euthanized?

If you have made the heart-wrenching decision that your pet must be put to sleep, your veterinarian is the very best person to do it. We do not offer this service to the public.

Can I bring my pet to BHS to be cremated after it has died?

Yes, we can cremate your pet but are not able to return the ashes to you. The fee is $35.

What is your euthanasia policy?

The Bangor Humane Society works hard every day to make sure we are giving every animal that comes through our doors a fair chance at finding a perfect match. We do not euthanize animals because they have been with us too long, or if we have too many. We only consider euthanasia as an option if an animal is unpredictable and could be threat to people, other animals, or themselves in a home environment. We work hard with our veterinary partners to provide the best medical care possible to animals in our facility; if there is nothing that a veterinarian can do to make an animal comfortable and that animal no longer has a quality of life, then we will consider euthanasia in this instance as well.